The KUGB is the largest single style Karate organisation in the UK and this prestigious tournament is one of their most significant events in the annual calendar. With athletes competing for the first time through to seasoned ‘world class’ competitors from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the standard of karate on display was of the highest quality.
Chelmsford have a long tradition of competing successfully at British National level and this year was no exception. Alexander Lockett (aged 11) fought strongly all day in the 10-11 year old Kumite (sparring) to take Bronze and add to his collection of medals at National level.
Photo: Alexander Lockett Bronze medalist in Kumite
In the Children’s Team Kata, the trio of Mia Hillsden, Alexander Lockett and Wilson Tang performed an excellent Kata (set form) - Empi to gain Silver, a great start for their first Nationals together.
Photo: Chelmsford Team Kata Runners Up - Wilson Tang, Mia Hillsden and Alexander Lockett
Mia Hillsden also went on to win a bronze medal in the Under 16 Individual Black Belt Kata. In a strong and large group, Mia was the only girl to reach the final where she did an excellent Gankaku.
Photo: Mia Hillsden Kata Bronze
Whilst in the Female Team Kumite sisters Emma Burke and Lisa Ironman together with Kelly Hodkinson battled their way to be placed joint third. The current Southern Region Champions were on good form as they battled their way into Bronze medal position.
Photo: Ladies Team Kumite
Lisa Ironman, Emma Burke, Kelly Hodkinson and Megan Naylor-Jones
In addition Jamie Lottering was selected to be part of he KUGB Demonstration Team for a second year in succession. The team performed Kata Gojushiho Sho and also the Bunkai (application). Jamie, the youngest member of the team, was alongside Jack Somers who has been traveling fron Ipswich to train since aged 9.
Photo: KUGB Demonstration Team
First left - Jamie Lottering and fourth left - Jack Somers
Sensei Richard said "It was very pleasing to see both our Juniors and Seniors winning medals in both Kata and Kumite showing the depth and strength of our talent. We are always very proud to see our medalists on the podium at the British Nationals and we were very pleased with everyone who competed and represented the Club. Well done".
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